Heriot-Watt University Institute For Building And Urban Design

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Heriot-Watt University Institute For Building And Urban Design

Heriot-Watt is currently ranked 2nd in the UK for Architecture, Built Environment and Planning* by the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment.


Study in a centre of excellence

Our Building, Planning and Urban Design programmes are delivered by our prestigious Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design which is one of four such Centres established by the Royal Academy of Engineering at UK universities, and the only one in Scotland.

Professionally accredited

Our programmes are accredited by the relevant professional bodies, such as the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), Energy Institute (EI), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Access industry expertise

All programmes within this subject area benefit from our Industrial Advisory Panel which provides guidance and advice, ensuring our programme content is relevant, high quality and continues to fulfil employers’ needs.

*a joint submission with the University of Edinburgh

Taught courses
  • Architectural Project Management MSc/Diploma
  • Building Conservation (Technology and Management) MSc/Diploma
  • Building Services Engineering MSc/Diploma
  • Sustainable Building Design MSc
  • Sustainable Urban Management MSc/Diploma
  • Urban and Regional Planning MSc/Diploma
  • Urban Strategies and Design MSc/Diploma

Heriot-Watt University Institute For Building And Urban Design

Research courses
  • Acoustics and Noise Control PhD
  • Construction Management and Innovation PhD
  • Eco-housing
  • Health and Wellbeing in the Built Environment
  • Sustainability and Carbon Management PhD
  • Sustainable Materials
  • Sustainable Transport
  • Urban Design and Planning
  • Urban Energy
  • Water Conservation and Drainage
Related courses
  • Interior Architecture and Design Diploma / MA
  • Real Estate and Planning MSc/Diploma

Athena Swan Bronze award

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